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Re-watching "Buffy The vampire slayer" in 2017


Category: thoughts // 25.08.2017 at.23:03 o' clock // 6 comments


The first season of Buffy the vampire slayer aired in 1997, when I was only seven years old. I didn't understand much english at the time, and my mother wouldn't let me watch the show, so I would sneak up past bed time, sit quietly on the stairs and watch from there, hoping that she wouldn't notice me. The vampires never terrified me, but they did scare my older sister, who insisted I slept in her bed so she'd feel safer.

When all the other girls wanted to wear pretty dresses and be Disney princesses, I wanted to be just like Buffy. I didn't want to be a pretty girl, waiting for prince charming to come and find me. I wanted to be a strong girl, who could take care of herself. When all the other girls were pretending to be popstars and celebrities, I was pretending to be Buffy. As I watched Buffy and Angel fall in love on screen, I, too, wanted a vampire boyfriend. As I watched Willow practice witchcraft, I, too, wanted to learn how to cast spells. But, of course, I knew it was all fiction.

Once in a while there were a few episodes that gave me nightmares. One of them was "Killed by death" (season 2, episode 18), in which there's an invisible demon that only sick children can see. As someone who was often suffering from fever due to an allergic reaction, you can imagine how terrifying this was for me. Especially once the fever fantasies kicked in. I consider it a miracle that I didn't scare myself into an early heart attack when I was younger.
 

Re-watching Buffy as an adult makes me realize things I didn't notice as a child. Like how they used low quality cameras throughout all seven seasons, and how some episodes seem to be a quick fix, as in 'something went wrong, let's fix it with a spell'. I can't help but notice that the werewolf costumes look like they've been bough on some left over halloween sale.

Re-watching the show in 2017 also makes me wonder if it was the love story between sixteen year old Buffy and the two-hundred-and-something year old vampire Angel that inspired the writers of modern vampire movies such as the twilight saga and the vampire diaries.

As a twenty six year old I can also understand many of the sexualized jokes in the show, that I didn't understand when I was younger, and appreciate how creative the show really is.

Even today there are some epsiodes that gives me the creeps. Such as "hush" (season 4, episode 10) and "normal again" (season 6, episode 17). There are episodes that breaks my heart, such as "passion" (season 2, episode 17) and "the body" (season 5, episode 16), and there are characters that I appreciate even more now than I did when I was younger, and relate to on a much deeper level, such as Anyanka. 

 

DID YOU WATCH BUFFY WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER?
(if not, get season 1-7 here! DVD, area code 2; europe)
 

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6 comment


Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl.23:17

Ah, jeg var en kjempestor Buffy-fan selv. Hadde et nostalgisk maraton for muligens 5 år tilbake, og som deg så la jeg også merke til ting jeg ikke tenkte stort over i mine yngre dager. Og jeg hadde helt glemt at Nathan Fillion spilte bad guy i en sesong. Han er jo bare god og snill (Castle) i mine øyne.

Og det er nok ingen på hverken film eller TV som kommer til å overgå den håpløse kjærligheten til Buffy og Angel. Jeg regner med du har sett Angel-serien også? Episoden "I will remember you" gav meg et lite hjerteknus. Dog syns jeg faktisk Buffy og Spike var et ganske henrivende par også, noe jeg ikke syntes i det heletatt når jeg var yngre.

Og jeg er helt enig i at "Hush" var ganske så creepy. Nei.. nå fikk jeg lyst til å kjøre igang et maraton igjen!

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl.23:27

Svartrev: Det synes jeg du skal gjøre! :D Angel-serien har jeg dessverre ikke fått sett enda. Det var ingen i familien som så på Angel, så da ble det vanskelig å snike seg til det, kan man si. At mamma dessuten var helt nazi på dette med aldersgrenser hjalp ikke særlig mye, det heller.

Men har faktisk vært inne på tanken om å bestille hele serien fra cdon ;) Anbefales den? Hvordan er den i forhold til Buffy?

Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl.23:36

Angel-serien er på langt nær like bra som Buffy..! Men det er veldig verdt å få med seg den episoden jeg snakket om "I will remember you", da det på en måte gir deg en slags closure på Bangle-forholdet - selv om det er ganske heartbreaking :/

Angel-serien ble jo flettet inn i Buffy-episodene, så sikkert litt interessant om man orker (evt. klarer) å henge med på når denne flettingen skjer.

Men sånn alt i alt så føler jeg ikke at Angel er verdt å bruke penger på :/ Og avslutningen på den serien er så utrolig skuffende! Også har Angel og Cordelia en greie og.. nei.. den var bare katastrofe.

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl.23:49

Svartrev: Kjenner jeg ble veldig nysgjerrig på avslutningen nå, i alle fall. Please ikke si at det er sånn teit avslutning der alle dør, eller våkner opp og hele serien bare har vært en drøm? Det ville vært skuffende.

Angående Angel og Cordelia.. Vedkommende som kom opp med å spleise dem, må ha vært ruset. o.O

Svartrev

25.08.2017 kl.23:55

Nei, det er en annen type skuffelse. Du sitter mer og tenker "that's it..?" Virket som om de som skrev serien bare bestemte seg for å bråslutte.

Ja, det tenkte jeg også, men når sant skal sies så vokser Cordelia veldig ila serien. Men det blir bare feil uansett :s

livingdoll

25.08.2017 kl.23:58

Svartrev: Nå sitter jeg igrunn med så mange spørsmål at jeg nesten bare må kjøpe serien, kjenner jeg xD

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